Finals week is one of the most stressful times of college. There’s so much that needs to be done, and there’s often very little time left to do it. As deadlines approach, it’s easy to let the stress get the best of you, to the point where you feel as though you’re destined to fail. Before you let your stress consume you, try these four tips to de-stress.
Exercise is a great stress reliever. Exercise releases endorphins which help you to feel happier and more relaxed. Opt for a more relaxed type of exercise, like taking a hike with friends or a bike ride around town. Because your time is probably in short supply right now, limit your exercise to 30 minutes, so you don’t feel even more stressed about spending too much time away from the books.
Eat healthy meals and snacks
Stress often makes you crave sugary and unhealthy foods. It may make you feel better now, but it’s not doing you any favors in the long run. While junk food gives you short-term energy, it isn’t sustainable. It affects your mood and concentration and will quickly make you crash. Fueling up with healthy, whole foods will give you the energy to make it through a tough study session and better help you retain the material you’re learning.